Woodcraft Rangers seeks a dynamic, entrepreneurial Chief
Executive Officer (CEO) who will lead and inspire its team of
passionate staff, volunteers and partners to strengthen and grow
its excellence in expanded learning programs for youth throughout
the County of Los Angeles. At Woodcraft Rangers, our mission is to
“guide young people as they explore pathways to purposeful lives”
because we believe that today’s world demands a new generation of
dreamers, innovators, linguists, and creative problem solvers for
tomorrow. For 95 years, Woodcraft Rangers has been a leader in
inspiring youth to meet the demands of our ever-changing world.
Woodcraft Rangers’ creative approach sparks students’
imagination and passions so that they become and remain involved
over time. With its focus on young people (ages 6-18) and its
engagement of the youths’ families, it is essential that the CEO
have experience in youth development and working with diverse
To meet its mission, Woodcraft Rangers works in concert with
local school personnel to ensure continuity, alignment and success.
The new CEO should demonstrate strong relationship management
skills and experience in navigating education systems.
THE OPPORTUNITY AND THE ORGANIZATION
Established in 1922, Woodcraft Rangers has built a reputation as
one of Los Angeles’ most innovative and successful providers of
expanded learning opportunities. Last year, Woodcraft Rangers
served more than 13,000 students in four school districts. NVISION,
its signature expanded learning program, promotes self-discovery,
critical thinking and achievement by engaging imagination,
stimulating thinking, uncovering talents and revealing
The next CEO has the opportunity to build upon this longstanding
reputation of excellence while continuing to innovate the
organization’s vision, brand, programs, service delivery model and
operations to best meet the needs of the youth and families it
serves. In addition, the ever-evolving education and funding
landscape will require creativity and an entrepreneurial spirit to
explore new resources to support and sustain its programs and
With an annual operating budget of approximately $11 million, 40
full-time staff in its central office and nearly 400 part-time
employees in more than 70 school-based sites, and a 16-member board
of directors, one of Woodcraft Ranger’s most valuable assets is its
dedicated staff and volunteers. This position is an opportunity for
a collaborative leader to inspire, strengthen and empower a team of
staff and volunteers who are passionate about the organization’s
mission and commitment to providing youth and their families with
excellence in service.
Woodcraft Rangers is one of the largest expanded learning
programs in the Southern California region. It seeks a CEO who can
manage multiple responsibilities and perform a variety of functions
while continually striving for excellence and results.
A typical day might include: meeting with school district
officials to advocate for continued support for and expansion of
expanded learning programs; leading a management team meeting to
review quarterly data and progress on the organization’s strategic
goals and objectives; facilitating a conference call with the board
finance committee on the organization’s annual audit process;
hosting a site visit with a funder; and joining staff at a school
site to engage with youth and their families.
The CEO will be responsible for:
Reporting to an engaged and committed board of directors, the
CEO will provide vision, leadership and management to empower a
team of passionate and dedicated staff and network of educational
partners to deliver upon Woodcraft Rangers’ mission. S/he is
knowledgeable about circumstances that could affect the agency and
looks for opportunities to make strategic changes that will
positively impact the organization.
- Advocacy and External Relations
While responsible for the day-to-day operations, the CEO will
also be visible and engaged with state and local policy makers,
school officials and staff, individual donors, foundations and
constituents (youth and their families). The CEO will maintain,
strengthen and expand relationships with key stakeholders while
advocating for policies and resources that support Woodcraft
Rangers’ mission and vision. S/he will be as comfortable meeting
with a school district superintendent as with engaging with youth
and their families at a school site.
- Programming and Resource Development
The CEO will manage, strengthen and empower the organization’s
programs and resource development teams to ensure excellence in
service delivery and sustained support for its programs. S/he will
work with staff to ensure systems are in place to demonstrate and
track progress and results. The CEO will also work with the staff
and board to communicate the organization’s results and impact to
its strategic partners, donors and funders to secure ongoing
funding and resources to support its programs. S/he will have an
entrepreneurial approach to explore creative resource development
options and work with the fund development team to implement its
- Management and Sustainability
The CEO will maintain a collaborative organizational culture
internally and externally, while working to improve and enhance the
organization’s capacity and sustainability. The CEO will work
closely with the board and senior management team to ensure
financial, information technology, planning and operational systems
are strategically managed and remain fiscally and administratively
sound. The CEO will maintain accountability, transparency and legal
compliance in its operations. S/he will also build upon a
team-oriented and collaborative organizational culture to ensure
that its staff and their knowledge of program and field operations
continuously informs improvements in programming and that the
organization’s programming achieves results and demonstrates
IDEAL EXPERIENCE AND CHARACTERISTICS
Woodcraft Rangers is excited to hire its new leader, who ideally
possesses a broad set of experiences, skills, knowledge and
personal attributes including:
- Inspiring, dynamic and collaborative leader.
- Strong, effective manager with at least ten years of experience
in a senior leadership role in the nonprofit sector, with
significant experience in youth development and educational
- Experienced decision-maker, problem-solver and
- Entrepreneurial, with experience in positioning an organization
for growth and innovation.
- Seasoned in navigating institutional, policy-making and funding
systems for youth development and educational enhancement programs.
Experience working with Los Angeles Unified School District and
other Los Angeles area districts is a plus.
- Excellent communication skills, including strong writing,
public speaking and internal communications experience.
- Culturally sensitive and experienced in working with diverse
- Minimum bachelor’s degree, with preference for master’s degree
in education, business administration, public policy or related
Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with experience.
Additional compensation includes medical and retirement
HOW TO APPLY
Interested candidates should email a cover letter and
resume to the Search Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last date to apply is October 15, 2017.
Finalist candidates will be asked to provide references, salary
history and writing samples.
Any offer of employment will be conditional upon completion of a
background check including employment and education verification,
DMV, criminal background and credit checks in accordance with all
applicable local, state and federal employment laws.
Woodcraft Rangers is an equal opportunity employer and considers
all applications without regard to race, color, religion, creed,
gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran
status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected